Archinect - News 2014-04-20T02:34:36-04:00 One of the finest examples of French Neoclassical interior architecture in the United States Nam Henderson 2014-04-14T18:17:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:28:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neo-Classicism as a style made its real debut in the 1760s after several stillbirths...By the late 1770s, neo-Classicism had evolved into the graceful iteration we see in the Salon, and with its references to the classical world acquired a new and somewhat unanticipated meaning in the bargain:</p></em><br /><br /><p>David Netto examined what the restoration&nbsp;of a storied French neo-Classical salon reveals about polite society and high design. Spearheaded by curator&nbsp;Martin Chapman&nbsp;with&nbsp;help from Andrew Skurman Architects, the&nbsp;Louis XVI period room has been reinstalled.</p><p>For more information visit&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Legion of Honor -&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco</a>.</p> Saudi royal family could pay for restoration of Roman monuments Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T14:24:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T14:28:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A training barracks used by Roman gladiators and the 2,000-year-old mausoleum of the Emperor Augustus could be restored with money from the Saudi royal family, in the latest effort by Italy to secure funding for its crumbling cultural heritage. In a deal brokered by Ignazio Marino, the mayor of Rome, the Saudi royals are to provide millions of euros to pay for the restoration of some of the capital's neglected monuments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greece protests over government plans to sell off historic national buildings</a></p> Church, school and power plants make Chicago's endangered building list Alexander Walter 2014-03-05T14:08:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T14:10:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Catholic church, a theater and one of the nearly 50 schools closed by Chicago Public Schools last year are among the most endangered buildings in the city, a local preservation group said today. Preservation Chicago today released its Chicago 7 list, an annual collection of seven local, historic properties in danger of being lost to demolition or decay.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> LAN chosen to restructure iconic Grand Palais in Paris Justine Testado 2014-03-04T21:48:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:02:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The historic Grand Palais is due for a contemporary touch-up from French firm LAN, who recently won the competition to restructure and expand the monument...Looking beyond the museum's Beaux-Arts style, LAN highlights the museum's durability and flexibility in an effort to bring out the building's full potential.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Have a glimpse of LAN's winning proposal below:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Drawings:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Winners of Modernism in America Awards renew value of modern architecture Justine Testado 2014-02-27T14:05:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:07:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Modernism in America Awards have announced this year's winners. The national awards program highlights the documentation, preservation and re-use of modern buildings, structures and landscapes in the U.S. or U.S. territory [...] One Award of Excellence was given in the categories Design, Advocacy, and Inventory/Survey. Five Citations of Merit were also awarded. Winners will receive their prizes during the Docomomo US National Symposium on March 13-15, 2014 in Houston, Texas.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>(Pictured above) Design Award of Excellence:</strong> <strong>Furnace Creek Visitor Center at Death Valley National Park</strong></p><p><strong>Advocacy Award of Excellence:</strong> <strong>Peavey Plaza&nbsp; </strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Survey Award of Excellence: Curating the City: Modern Architecture in L.A. Website&nbsp; </strong><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Design Citation of Merit</strong>: <strong>The Arboretum (formerly the Garden Grove Community Church)&nbsp; </strong><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Advocacy Citation of Merit: Miami Marine Stadium </strong><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Design Citation of Merit: Stillman and Huvelle Houses, Litchfield, CT</strong><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Design Citation of Merit: Trenton Bath House and Day Camp Pavilions&nbsp; </strong><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Survey Citation of Merit: North Carolina Modernist Houses, Inc. </strong><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse? Alexander Walter 2014-02-24T14:19:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:01:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and there are two starkly different visions of what that will mean for the "marvelous city," as it is known[...] "Instead of creating a space of conviviality, a space of shared culture, of community, of conversation, you are going to have this very isolated element where after 5 o'clock in the afternoon, it's going to be dead. You are creating banks, parking lots, Trump towers," Gaffney said. "It's been rezoned for 50-story buildings."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before Olympics It's Demolition Derby</a></p></li></ul> "Modern Ruin" documents the rise, fall, and revival efforts of historic New York State Pavilion Justine Testado 2014-02-11T13:34:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T14:31:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>So continues the battle of saving neglected pavilions from their ultimate fate of destruction. <em>MODERN RUIN: A World's Fair Pavilion</em> by filmmaker and film educator <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matthew Silva</a> tells the eventful tale of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion in the last 50 years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The film starts with the pavilion's debut during the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, to its post-fair use in the '60s-'70s as a concert venue and roller-skating rink, followed by its gradual demise since then -- including efforts in recent years for the structure's preservation.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Silva set up a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> to gain support for post-production of the film's final cut. At this point, the fund already surpassed its initial goal of $10,000 and now has 12 days left to reach its stretch goal of $30,000. The extra money will give Silva access to more archival material on the pavilion and will let him collaborate with other professional filmmakers to improve the film's production quality.</p><p>Featuring interviews from nearly two dozen ind...</p> "Historic Status" won't protect against demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-04T14:45:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:53:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="729" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What a National Register [of Historic Places] listing really means is a 20% federal tax credit for structural investing, along with any state tax incentives, but that's often not enough to make preservation a more appealing option over razing and starting over. [...] Listing on the National Register certainly gives something of an economic incentive for preservation, as well as a national profile for these sites [...] However, what historic sites ultimately need is sustainable funding.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #352 Nam Henderson 2014-01-28T00:14:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:09:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>vado retro is moved to wonder "with the rash of notable building demolition that has and continues to occur, is there a checklist of what makes a building valuable enough not to demolish? it because buildings are more about image and visuals than spatial experience that we are willing to rid ourselves of award winning pieces of architecture/art?...maybe buildings don't really matter that much"</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest edition of <strong>ShowCase</strong>: features <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pocinho Rowing High Performance Center by Alvaro Andrade</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mohammad Hadi Ataei</a>&nbsp;really liked it commenting "<em>Great minimalist work</em>".</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Additionally,&nbsp;- Mike "The Poet" Sonksen, @<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mikethepoetLA</a>&nbsp;published&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a Walk: on L.A.'s Grand Avenue</a>.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;posted a critique "<em>As much as I like poetry I m dont read any poetry in this.Maybe because there are no poetic devices like metaphors or simile. Maybe because there isn't any 'poetic' mood or&nbsp; poetic structure in the form of presentation...I dont see much difference between&nbsp; this and straight descriptive reportage</em>".</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Mark Lamster, architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">decried</a>&nbsp;the 3-2 vote, by Oklahoma City&rsquo;s Downtown Design Review Committee, green lighting destruction of the Stage Center aka Mummers Theater designed by the late John M. Johansen.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>He writes the building which "<em>will be replaced by a glassy office tower of no particular distinction... is the second major blow to a regional lan...</em></p> As Myanmar opens up to modern world, historic buildings are at risk Alexander Walter 2014-01-09T14:06:00-05:00 >2014-01-09T14:07:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hundreds of colonial-era structures have been destroyed in recent years to make way for modern ones like the Centrepoint tower. Completed last year, the glassy 25-story skyscraper looms over a historic block that includes the dilapidated 100-year-old Supreme Court building and City Hall, which, with its white paint and intricately tiered roof, draws easy comparisons to a wedding cake. The condition of many older buildings makes them targets for tear-down.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition winning entries Justine Testado 2014-01-02T20:33:00-05:00 >2014-01-02T20:41:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>South Australia's Office for Design and Architecture hosted the Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition in a process to redesign the historic Royal Adelaide Hospital site, which will be vacated by 2016. The jury awarded one First Prize and a joint Second Prize. Thousands of public voters picked a People's Choice Award, and a Students Competition winner was also awarded.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Designs from the competition will formulate the site's strategic framework and masterplan.</p> <p> Here's a glimpse of the three prize-winning proposals (videos included below):<br><br><strong>First prize: SLASH with Phillips/Pilkington Architects</strong><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><strong>Second prize and People's Choice Award: NICE Architects with Mulloway Studios:</strong><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br><strong>Second prize: Bonhag de Rosa with Taylor Cullity Lethlean</strong><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Editor's Picks #348 Nam Henderson 2014-01-02T18:35:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T13:01:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>flemingr2002 thought a couple of issues were missing "Good list but i am surprised to see gender issues highlighted but the lack of ethnic diversity, especially in design schools, ignored. It would seem that the real issue is white male privilege. -- Also, CO2 has hit 400 parts per million but sustainability is missing from the list. I know its not hip to be into sustainability but at some point, probably too late, architects will finally mobilize to address this very real threat".</p></em><br /><br /><p> It's that time of the year again, so we continued taking a look back at the year 2013 on Archinect by sharing the most trafficked and popular pages in Archinect's diverse online ecosystem, with a list of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">13 top 13 lists for '13</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> Some of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top 13 Architectural Issues for '13</a>&nbsp;included; 3D Printing, Flint&rsquo;s Flat Lot Competition results, and the issue of render vs reality, MoMA's decision to demolish American Folk Art Musuem #FolkMoMA and Gender equality and women's rights/recognition in architecture to name a few.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>flemingr2002</strong> thought a couple of issues were missing "<em>Good list but i am surprised to see gender issues highlighted but the lack of ethnic diversity, especially in design schools, ignored. It would seem that the real issue is white male privilege. -- Also, CO2 has hit 400 parts per million but sustainability is missing from the list. I know its not hip to be into sustainability but at some point, probably too late, architects will finally mobilize to addr...</em></p> Will Today’s Ugly Buildings Be Tomorrow’s Historic Architecture? Archinect 2013-12-23T15:47:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T21:04:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Its style is &ldquo;brutalist,&rdquo; which looks exactly like it sounds: big, blockish, hulking. Basically, a fortress of concrete... But what if these homely structures are actually tomorrow&rsquo;s historic architecture? What if we just don&rsquo;t appreciate them yet, and later generations will embrace them even though we think they&rsquo;re monstrosities?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Can buildings be too young to save? Archinect 2013-12-10T11:59:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T20:16:16-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s a reason it&rsquo;s a struggle to save buildings like the Astrodome. They were built less than 50 years ago, the usual cutoff for inclusion on the government&rsquo;s National Register of Historic Places... it&rsquo;s relatively young buildings like these, from the 1960s, &rsquo;70s, and even &rsquo;80s, that preservationists are fighting to save. And in doing so, they are having to confront a tough question: What does tomorrow&rsquo;s historic architecture look like?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ann Beha Architects selected for major rehabilitation of Gropius-designed Athens Chancery Justine Testado 2013-11-19T19:54:00-05:00 >2013-11-19T19:58:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ann Beha Architects from Boston, MA was selected by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) for a major rehabilitation project of the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece. Walter Gropius and consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios designed the iconic embassy from 1959-1961. The building is also listed as a protected architectural landmark.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Ann Beha Architects was given the task out of four shortlisted teams that included: DesignLab Architects, Inc. (Boston, MA); Machado Silvetti / Baker (Boston, MA); and Mark Cavagnero Associates (San Francisco, CA).</em></p> <p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four Design Teams Shortlisted for Major Rehabilitation of Gropius-Designed Athens Chancery</a></p> Welton Becket-designed Hollywood Cinerama Dome Marks 50 Years Alexander Walter 2013-11-07T19:05:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T22:40:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The only geodesic dome movie theater in the world, Becket&rsquo;s design was inspired by Buckminster Fuller&mdash;and the nation&rsquo;s midcentury obsession with landing on the moon. Built to resemble a giant spacecraft, the Dome boasted futuristic floating stairways&mdash;a first for any movie theater at the time. Simultaneously projected images using three 35mm cameras were so cutting-edge, the Dome&rsquo;s own original projector&mdash;the Norelco Universal&mdash;would win a Technical Academy Award in 1963 [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #340 Nam Henderson 2013-11-05T12:13:00-05:00 >2013-11-06T11:06:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect announced Screen/Print, an experimentat in translation across media, featuring a close-up digital look at printed architectural writing. For it's first run, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print featured SOILED magazine&rsquo;s fourth issue, Windowscrapers</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Plus, in the latest edition of the&nbsp;<strong>Working out of the Box</strong> series Archinect spoke with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect-turned-fashion designer (andProject Runway season 12 finalist) Justin LeBlanc</a>.&nbsp;Mr. LeBlanc received his BA in Architecture at North Carolina State University from 2004-2009 and is "<em>currently an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State the Art and Design Department with a concentration in Fashion...also the Faculty Advisor for NCState&rsquo;s Art2Wear program</em>"</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buffalo Rising called Archinectors attention to the fact that on Nov 6, 2013 the Buffalo City Planning Board will meet to review plans submitted by Norstar Development that will demolish five buildings of the Paul Rudo...</a></p> 50th anniversary of NYC Penn Station demolition to be honored by staged reading and panel highlighting the debate on historic preservation Justine Testado 2013-10-31T14:49:00-04:00 >2013-11-01T18:39:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eternal Space will visually recreate the marvel of the former Pennsylvania Station using the actual photographs that documented the station&rsquo;s demise. [...] Using the latest in projection technology these arresting photographs will speak to the tragic demolition of an American architectural masterpiece [...] On the 50th anniversary of that great loss, The Eternal Space will pay tribute to the station and the gifted photographers who worked to immortalize it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architects, historians, and all urban enthusiasts are invited to a free evening event that will acknowledge the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">50th anniversary of the demolition of NYC's Pennsylvania Station</a> on Nov. 6 at the AIA | NY Center for Architecture. Hosted by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA | NY</a>, the program will begin with a live reading of selected scenes from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Eternal Space</em></a>, a two-man stage play set during the Penn Station's demolition, which began on Oct. 28, 1963.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The play presents a dialogue on the value of old vs. new, past vs. present, and all the timeless arguments that come with them that last to this day. The Eternal Space also points out the ongoing yet overlooked debate on the preservation of historic structures in New York and throughout the U.S. Never-published photography of the demolition from some of the subject's most notable photographers will provide the scenic backdrop for the staged reading.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The reading will be followed by&#8203; a panel discussion &mdash; moderated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curbed NY</a> Senior Editor Hana Alberts ...</p> CyArk's "500 Challenge" aims to digitally preserve 500 at-risk cultural heritage sites in 5 years Justine Testado 2013-10-23T15:14:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T15:30:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Non-profit organization <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CyArk</a> and its partners are on an ambitious mission against time to digitally preserve 500 cultural heritage sites around the world before they are destroyed by natural disasters, human aggression, climate change, urban sprawl, and other threats. The "CyArk 500 Challenge" officially launched on Oct. 21 at the Tower of London and will continue for the next five years to create a fully detailed digital archive that can be used for future educational and research purposes.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> To survey the sites, CyArk uses a portable and precise 3D laser-scanning system invented by the organization's founder, Ben Kacyra, who launched the 500 Challenge. Ideally, the physical preservation of each of the world's cultural heritage sites would be possible. But as we all know, there isn't enough time or money and going digital has become the next best and quickest thing.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> So far, CyArk has digitally preserved 40 cultural sites including the Tower of London, the statues of Easte...</p> John Parkinson: The man behind some of LA's most iconic buildings Alexander Walter 2013-09-26T17:52:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T17:14:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect John Parkinson designed some of L.A.'s most iconic buildings: City Hall, Union Station and the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, to name a few. Still, the British expat has been largely forgotten in the shadow of more popular architects [...]. Author Stephen Gee's latest book, "Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles" takes a look at Parkinson's life and how he maintained a low profile despite being the creator of so many iconic L.A. structures.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Restoring El Capitolio Nam Henderson 2013-09-13T11:42:00-04:00 >2013-09-13T11:43:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the Communist deputies will convene beneath weighty chandeliers and a newly gold-coated dome. They will step through marble-floored halls, lined with giant shining bronze candelabras from Tiffany's..."I believe it will be a jewel of Havana," argues Mr Leal, unfazed by the oddity.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Sarah Rainsford reports in from Cuba where Raul Castro wants the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Capitolio Nacional</a>&nbsp;(designed by Ra&uacute;l Otero and Eugenio Rayneri Piedra) to become the new home of the National Assembly.</p> Heritage and the Syrian crisis Alexander Walter 2013-09-06T13:11:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T12:19:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Protecting heritage is inseparable from protecting populations, because heritage enshrines a people&rsquo;s values and identities,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Serious damage has already been inflicted on Syria&rsquo;s heritage. The destruction of sites such as the historic souk [market] in Aleppo has made headlines around the world. I urge all parties to take all necessary precautions to stop the destruction of Syria&rsquo;s cultural heritage.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" target="_blank">Aleppo landmark Mosque, a Unesco world heritage site, has been destroyed</a></p> Picasso murals debate divides Norway Archinect 2013-08-28T17:22:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:49:04-04:00 <img src="" width="464" height="261" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The fate of five Picasso murals on buildings damaged in the Anders Breivik bombing in Oslo in 2011 has led to a heated debate in Norway. A panel of experts has recommended demolishing the buildings and removing the murals. But art experts say that as the murals were designed by Picasso for those specific buildings, they should remain where they are. The artworks were Picasso's first attempts at concrete murals.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why list Case Study houses on the National Register? Archinect 2013-08-28T15:05:00-04:00 >2013-09-01T18:08:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Adrian Scott Fine, the conservancy&rsquo;s director of advocacy, spoke with us about the importance of this national recognition, what it means for the historic houses and why an 11th home, Case Study House No. 23A, was deemed eligible to be listed but wasn&rsquo;t because of the owner's objection.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Most Famous House Finally Makes the National Register</a></p> LA's Most Famous House Finally Makes the National Register Archinect 2013-08-20T21:25:00-04:00 >2013-08-28T15:09:08-04:00 <img src="" width="200" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Case Study Houses have finally made the National Register of Historic Places (well, 11 of them have). [...] The LA Conservancy's Modern Committee spent nearly a decade trying to get some of the CSHes recognized and last month the National Park Service officially listed 10 of the houses [...]; an eleventh "was determined eligible for listing but not formally listed due to owner objection," according to the Conservancy.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why list Case Study houses on the National Register?</a></p> Abandoned UC presidential mansion may be renovated after years of neglect Archinect 2013-08-16T17:48:00-04:00 >2013-08-17T12:06:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>North of the Berkeley Hills, nestled in the quiet community of Kensington, lies an abandoned mansion called the Blake House. At the end of a short gravel path, the home historically reserved for the UC president lies behind two wrought iron gates. But the 13,200-square-foot Mediterranean-style mansion &mdash; with an elevator, two kitchens, a massive library and panoramic views &mdash; has been empty for more than five years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Randell Makinson dies at 81; Greene & Greene preservation advocate Quirino de la Cuesta 2013-08-15T14:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T20:56:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Randell Makinson, a forceful advocate for preservation of the rambling Greene &amp; Greene bungalows that came to be seen as graceful emblems of early 20th century California, has died. He was 81.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Randell Makinson is an important force of the architectural preservation community not only for Los Angeles but for California in general before there was LA Conservancy and preservation boards. An authority of Greene &amp; Greene Architecture who has written 5 books on their work and also contributed to Esther McCoy seminal work "Five California Architects". &nbsp;</p> Editor's Picks #328 Nam Henderson 2013-08-14T13:58:00-04:00 >2013-08-15T17:56:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> series Archinect interviewed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooklyn-based designer &amp; artist Doug Johnston</a>.&nbsp;His current profession is creating "<em>objects by stitching rope together</em>" and he explains "<em>I guess sometime early on, I realized that my design work wouldn't be limited to buildings or objects, but would extend to the &lsquo;design&rsquo; or planning of a functioning business and studio practice. This guided my choice to work in smaller offices so that I could have more exposure to the nuts and bolts of generating income managing workflow and cashflow, etc...Being able to apply design thinking to the business structure itself has been really exciting and helpful</em>".</p> <p> <strong>Thayer-D</strong>&nbsp;liked what he saw "<em>Really beautiful stuff.&nbsp; It makes me think it would be incredibly useful to have architecture students actually build things besides models during school.&nbsp; If only to get a tactile understanding of what their drawings might be and what goes into realizing them</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> Over ...</p> Petition to block the demolition of the State Savings Bank in Detroit Archinect 2013-08-07T13:30:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T12:39:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to Preservation Detroit, "The City of Detroit Historic District Commission has received a petition to demolish the State Savings Bank. The petition is subject to a public hearing, which is scheduled for the next Historic District Commission meeting on Wednesday, August 14."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Samantha Farr, an Urban Planning Graduate Student at University of Michigan, has started a petition to block the plans by Andreas Apostolopoulos, CEO of Triple Properties, to demolish the historic Beaux-Arts-Style State Savings Bank in Detroit, to make room for a parking structure. Triple Properties purchased the building in 2012.</p> Editor's Picks #324 Nam Henderson 2013-07-16T18:48:00-04:00 >2013-07-16T18:48:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>News</strong><br> The LA Times reported that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a Rancho Cucamonga structure described as one of the last surviving examples of Chinese worker housing in the region has been selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for its 2013 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places</a>.<br><br> Archinector <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Sison</a>&nbsp;wrote "<em>No, the Chinatown House is not a restaurant at Victoria Gardens Shopping Center. Yes, Chinese immigrants made it to Rancho Cucamonga long before Ice Cube and cousin Day-Day ever did. Unbeknownst to most local residents, Rancho Cucamonga once housed a significant Chinese immigrant population that was vital to developing the agricultural economy of the Cucamonga Valley...Advocates hope that attention from the National Trust designation will gather supporters and hopefully attract grant money for the rehabilitation of the building. The Chinatown House Preservation Coalition and other local advocates hope to save the structure and turn it into an educational space that ...</em></p>